Air Fryer Bacon Jerky Recipe

This bacon jerky recipe is sweet and spicy, and I ensure you won’t be able to put it down. Delicious varieties include such as Sriracha bacon jerky, maple bacon jerky, and candied bacon variations.

You’ve come to the right site if you want to learn how to create bacon jerky. I’ll demonstrate many cooking methods, including the oven, food dehydrator, and smoker. I’ll also show you how to create candied bacon, which cooks faster and has a slightly different feel than bacon jerky.

You won’t be able to decide between Sriracha bacon jerky, maple bacon jerky, and more delectable varieties. The best part is that each of these selections is DELICIOUS. I’m not kidding. You’ll struggle not to consume the entire batch. Be considerate and share!

Ingredients

  • 10 thickly cut bacon pieces (12 oz package)
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  • ½ cup brown sugar, lightly packed (light or dark)
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  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha (Optional) If you don’t want to use the hot Sriracha, see the Notes section for alternatives.
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  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (Optional)
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  • ¼ cup brown sugar, lightly packed (light or dark) Optional: To be sprinkled

How to make Crispy Air Fried Bacon Jerky

  • Preheat the oven to 200°F.
  • Line a baking pan in the oven with aluminium foil to make cleaning easier.
  • Place an oven-safe baking rack on top to let the bacon fat drain.
  • Make a paste with brown sugar, Sriracha, and cayenne pepper.
  • Separate the bacon strips and coat them evenly with the paste.
  • Place bacon strips on an oven-safe baking rack/baking sheet.
  • Bake for 3-4 hours, or until bacon jerky achieves the desired consistency.
  • I recommend turning halfway through and topping with more brown sugar. 
  • If you skip this step, the bacon jerky will still be excellent.

Time Duration

  • Course: Appetizer, Snack
  • Cuisine: American
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Servings: 10 slices

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 192kcal 
  • Protein: 5g 
  • Fat: 14g 
  • Saturated Fat: 5g 
  • Cholesterol: 24mg 
  • Sodium: 241mg 
  • Potassium: 86mg 
  • Sugar: 11g 
  • Vitamin A: 13IU 
  • Calcium: 11mg 
  • Iron: 1mg

How long does it take to dehydrate bacon in a dehydrator?

Bacon may take five to seven hours to thoroughly dehydrate. To do so:

  • Place the bacon strips in the dehydrator’s drying tray and insert the tray into the machine.
  • Turn on the electricity and cover it.
  • Allow five to seven hours for the bacon to dehydrate.
  • When the bacon is completely dehydrated, remove it and store it in a tight container or bag.

What temperature do you dehydrate bacon at?

Preheat the oven to 200°F. To make cleaning easier, line a baking pan in the oven with aluminum foil. Place an oven-safe baking rack on top to let the bacon fat to drain. Make a paste with brown sugar, Sriracha, and cayenne pepper.

How do you know when bacon jerky is done?

At around the 3-4 hour point, check to see if the homemade bacon jerky has finished drying. Remove a piece of jerky from the oven or smoker and set it aside for 5 minutes to cool to room temperature. Fold the jerky in half; it should bend and crack but not shatter.

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